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Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2) Short Course

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Move beyond conversational basics with our Spanish Lower Intermediate short course. The course comprises three modules (parts 1-3) set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

Taught mostly in Spanish, this language short course is perfect if you have some knowledge of Spanish and would like to continue learning.

The Spanish Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course will enable you to communicate with more variation and fluency, so you feel confident in most everyday situations with Spanish speakers. It aims to broaden understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life. Challenging but rewarding, the Spanish Lower Intermediate course is perfectly suited to those looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of lower intermediate Spanish at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

You can order a bocadillo with flair; you can ask directions to the Park Güell; you are comfortable asking how much football tickets cost for the best seats in the stadium at Santiago Bernabéu; and can talk about el sol y la luna with your Spanish colleagues. But now you want to have an in depth conversation with locals you meet on holiday and understand what the waiter explains to you. You want to understand Spanish films and broaden your conversation at a meeting with Spanish-speaking clients.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are built upon and advanced main points in Spanish grammar are covered. This Lower Intermediate Spanish short course enables students to communicate with more variation and fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations with native Spanish speakers. It also aims to broaden understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life.

Is it the right level for me?

The Spanish Lower Intermediate is ideal if you have completed the Spanish Beginners course or have a good beginners knowledge of Spanish. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The Spanish Lower Intermediate course is taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in October. We only advise joining part 2 or part 3 if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1

Topics covered

  • Personal introductions;
  • Work and studies;
  • Character description;
  • Plans and projects;
  • Food and the restaurant;
  • Past experiences and recent events;
  • Opinions, likes and dislikes;
  • Shopping for clothes;
  • Comparisons;
  • Life in a city/village;
  • Directions.

Grammatical structures

  • Revision of the present tense: regular and irregular verbs, reflexive verbs
  • ir a + infinitive
  • pretérito perfecto
  • ya/todavía no
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Interrogative clauses
  • Expressions to agree and disagree
  • tener que/hay que
  • Quantifiers.

Learning objectives

  • Talking about studies and work;
  • Expressing necessity;
  • Shopping;
  • Expressing opinions and preferences;
  • Describing personality;
  • Asking and giving information about food;
  • To go shopping;
  • Making plans for the future;
  • Describing places and making comparisons;
  • Asking for and giving directions;
  • Talking about recent events and experiences in the past.

Part 2

Topics covered

  • Holidays and travelling;
  • The weekend;
  • Biographies;
  • Past events;
  • Permission and favours;
  • Opinions about past events;
  • Situations happening at the moment of speaking;
  • Food preparation and customs in the Spanish-speaking world;
  • Health and body;
  • The weather;
  • Transport;
  • Invitations.

Grammatical structures

  • Pretérito indefinido, regular and irregular verbs;
  • Adverbials of past time;
  • Superlatives;
  • estar + gerund;
  • Prepositions;
  • pretérito perfecto vs pretérito indefinido;
  • Verbs gustar and parecer in the past;
  • ser and estar;
  • The impersonal form with se.

Learning objectives

  • Talking about past events;
  • Writing a biography;
  • Describing a holiday, talking about the weekend;
  • Expressing what someone is doing;
  • Expressing opinions about events in the past;
  • Talking about food preferences and habits;
  • Asking for permission/a favour;
  • Making invitations, apologising, making excuses;
  • Describing symptoms and giving advice;
  • Talking about the weather.

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Habits and descriptions in the past;
  • Circumstances of a past event;
  • Anecdotes and stories;
  • Instructions to do things;
  • Suggestions and recommendations;
  • Descriptions of objects.

Grammatical structures

  • Pretérito imperfecto;
  • Connectors;
  • Time expressions;
  • pretérito imperfecto vs pretérito indefinido;
  • Expressions to give opinions and to debate;
  • imperfecto de estar + gerund;
  • Imperative form;
  • Pronoun position.

Learning objectives

  • Describing circumstances in the past;
  • Describing habits in the past;
  • Talking about memories;
  • Comparing the present moment with periods in the past;
  • Telling a story;
  • Arranging past events in sequence;
  • Giving advice and making recommendations;
  • Giving instructions;
  • Describing objects.



Prerequisite knowledge

The Spanish Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you have either:

  • successfully completed the Spanish Beginners (Year 1) course
  • approximately 40-60 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) Spanish GCSE.

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join part 2 of the Spanish Lower Intermediate short course (in January), you must have completed part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both part 1 and part 2 or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Ele actual A2: Curso de español para extranjeros, ed. SM, ISBN 9788467547474

Tutor information

  • Cristina Termenon

    Cristina has been teaching at City, University of London for the last ten years, both in the Spanish for Business and Media courses, and the evening Short Courses. She has a Spanish BA (Hons) in Economics and qualified as a teacher with the University of Barcelona accredited Spanish CLTA, and as a trainer (IH Certificate Courses Trainer, London). As well as her extensive experience teaching in different institutions, she has been a teacher trainer since 2007, is an examiner with the IB, and external examiner for the GCSLTA.

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